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ERIC Number: EJ1053654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Advocating a Post-Structuralist Politics for Educational Leadership
Niesche, Richard; Gowlett, Christina
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n4 p372-386 2015
Post-structuralist discourses have usually been associated with forms of critique and deconstruction of social, cultural and philosophical phenomena. However, this article attempts to provide a generative approach to understanding educational leadership through Michel Foucault's notions of power and subjectification, and Judith Butler's notions of performativity and discursive agency through re-signification. We argue that leadership is not simply a list of traits, characteristics or behaviours to be implemented. Rather, we argue that leaders are performatively constituted through everyday practices and discourses. The aim is to interrupt prevailing discourses that often re-inscribe certain forms of meaning and understanding in educational leadership. This disruption subsequently provides possibility for putting forward otherwise silenced ideas about what leadership is and how leadership "identity" (subjectivity) is formed, thus expanding the methodological tools scholars can use to talk about leadership.
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Language: English
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